College Club Tennis (Tennis on Campus)

Discussion in 'College Tennis Talk' started by dork2tennisstud, Jun 27, 2008.

  1. MTChong

    MTChong Professional

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    Sorry, I haven't been perusing the forums as much with classes in session. I'm not exactly sure how good Brown's club team is; all I know is that they won the New England championship last year and qualified for the national tournament. Harvard placed second to them. We just had a match against Harvard, and I can echo the sentiments of one of the other posters.

    They have a solid list of guys, but their girls seemed to be lacking. We ended up losing 6-8, but we were missing our top singles guy and top two girls. That said though, the guys for Harvard were definitely solid hitters, I'd say probably around 4.0 or 4.5. I would expect Brown to be of similar caliber.

    As for the poster that asked about Yale, they're pretty good, too. We played at Yale last spring (we were supposed to play last weekend, but unfortunately, that was rained out), and Dartmouth's A team (in WTT format) ended up taking the tournament against Yale's A team in the final, but it was definitely a close match.
     
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  2. randomname

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    well, one option you have is to try to rent out a few extra courts and just have two sites for the tournament. you can also be sure to bring up the fact that seattle is absolutly gorgeous city and is alot of fun for people to visit, making it a great tournament to travel to
     
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  3. Fedace

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    do you have any Pics ?
     
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    thats alright. thanks for the info
     
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  5. rabidturtle

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    Has anyone sent a team to nationals? I'm planning a trip for my school and would like to know what I'm getting myself into. How much does it cost on average with traveling, lodging, food, etc...
     
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  6. dork2tennisstud

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    Rabid, my team went to Nationals last year when they were in Cary. Costs can vary quite a bit.

    My team won our section last year and received a $1000 grant to help pay for stuff, but we received almost no extra funding from our school.

    We rented 2 cars (about $1000 for a week total) and drove down (it was about an 11 hour drive for us last year). We stayed in a pretty cheap hotel (about $150 a night total for 2 rooms with 4 in a room). Then there was the entry fee and food and gas.

    It cost us about $200 a person (8 of us) out of pocket, even after the grant, but that's pretty good.

    If you can find cheap flights, aren't too picky about hotels, and have either your school or your USTA section help with funding, you should be able to do it fairly reasonably. If you can't find cheap air fare and don't get much outside funding, it adds up quick. Start fundraising soon (run a junior tennis clinic, look for sponsors/donations, sell t-shirts).

    We had a blast last year, and the quality of play around the country is very high and is improving each year. Raising money and deciding what players get to go is a pain though (keep in mind not everyone's willing to shell out a few hundred dollars for a tennis trip).
     
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  7. dork2tennisstud

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    How is the early club tennis season going for everyone? Any big upsets/ sleeper teams for nationals?

    My old team (I graduated in May) went to Battle of the Sections in NYC this fall (we went last year too). The depth of play keeps getting better every year. There's a lot of good teams out there.
     
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  8. Fedace

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    What if one of the Varsity players want to join ? is it within the rules for themto play ? or do they just laugh at club tennis guys ?
     
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  9. rabidturtle

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    It turns out the tournament director was just sick of the tournament location and wanted to mix things up. We are going to fight tooth and nail to get it back next year.
     
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  10. jbetti

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    In the big national college club tournaments, there's a limit of 1 former varsity player per team. At my old school, we had a couple former varsity players from various levels who were members of our team, but we could only use 1 of them for WTT format matches.

    Yeah, sometimes former varsity players, particularly D-1 players, think club tennis is below them... sometimes they're too busy with grad school work to be full time club players, too. That's not always the case though. Baylor brought a girl to club nationals last year (grad student) who had played varsity at Baylor and was top 30 in NCAA Division 1 the year before.

    The top college club teams have some kids who can really play, and the talent pool is getting deeper every year. You end up with a lot of really good tennis players (some 1 and 2 star prospects and occasionally higher) who go to a school without a varsity team for academic reasons or who don't want the time restraints of varsity tennis and end up on club teams. Toss in a couple grad students who played varsity tennis and some high school local all-stars, and you get a pretty competitive environment.
     
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  11. Fedace

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    ^^ I really hope that doesn't make the regular guys and girls that just want to have fun,, feel left out...
     
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  12. randomname

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    It doesnt, while the top level of club tennis is incredibly strong, there arnt a whole lot of teams at that level (A&M, Texas, Berkely, Wisconsin). The vast majority of club teams are made up of 4.0 players and there are plenty with 3.0s and 3.5s on their roster. The funny thing about the WTT format is that you can have an incredible team with just two superstar players (a guy and a girl) so even if you dont have a deep club you can still put out a team that can hang with the top clubs.
     
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